So, I was really hopeful that we'd get a chance to get to KSC on this trip, especially with my geeky kids who are in to games like Kerbal Space Program, have watched rocket launches online with me, etc. Best of all, the new Atlantis exhibit was going to be open by the time we went. To his credit, although Nicholas was a little skeptical about taking a day away from roller coasters and theme park rides, he recognized how important it was for me so he let us add it on the schedule. And it helped that they've got an Angry Birds Space thing there too.
When you get to the new space shuttle exhibit, you have to go through a series of short movies that they put together to talk about some of the history of the shuttle program. At the end, the projector turns off, the screen rolls up, and this is what you see.
I knew I had to go here, but when I actually saw it I was overtaken by emotion to the point I was crying. Just a few feet out of reach, this thing right in front of me has been to space and back 33 times. The incredible engineering that designed and built these "flying bricks" and the people who kept them flying for nearly 30 years... I dont know if we'll see anything like this again in my lifetime.
KSC was an hour drive, so we got started a little late, and since we also had to get back in time for Medieval Times for dinner, we ended up not seeing either of their 3D IMAX movies. The kids liked getting to climb around in mock-ups of the various space ships, and of course liked the Angry Birds exhibit. As for me, my own favorite part of the trip was being able to walk up to and around Atlantis in person.
After Medeival Times (which was as good as I remembered) we went to Downtown Disney to finish souvenir shopping. I took the boys and Emily in to the Lego store, while Karen and Sam went to the big Disney shop. Eventually, my resolve broke, and a part of the souvenirs we brought home were indeed Legos. I don't even know how that works, but whatever.
Besides what I posted yesterday, we did a couple character photos here at the Village. We figured this might be the only chance we'd have to get a photo with Mickey. A Mary Poppins character was here too, and the kids liked interacting with her and how she acted the part.
The Auto-Awesome gif of the speederbike is kinda cute, so I included it here. One of the cast members handed us a light saber and got the kids to pose in front of the AT-AT.
Alex did not go on the Tower of Terror, but he did get a picture with one of the creepy bellhops outside.
Got a few good family photos and some random portraits. I also threw in some photos from Fantasmic.
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